Biblical Literature Society Seminar Papers Digitized!
Each November from 1971 to 2003, the Society of Biblical Literature published a collection of papers that would be presented at the sessions (or seminars) of that year’s annual meeting: the SBL Seminar Papers. The contents of the collection were not determined by theme or topic, but by which papers were submitted to SBL early enough to be assembled into a volume and printed for distribution at the annual meeting.
Over the thirty-three years of the Seminar Papers’ existence, SBL published forty-one physical volumes (two volumes each for 1971–1975, 1978–1979, and 1998) containing 1,126 papers filling 19,849 pages. Although the Seminar Papers explicitly identified their contents as “working papers”, “experimental and initial work on a subject”, many continue to be cited in scholarly works today, i.e. say when you can locate a library that has them.Today, nearly twenty years after the publication of the last volume, SBL is pleased to announce that all 1,126 articles have been digitized and are freely available to anyone for reading online or downloading. The forty-one volumes are accessible here as part of the digital collections of the Pitts Theology Library.
The Society would like to thank Pitts Special Collections Manager and SBL Archivist Brandon Wason, Pitts Theological Library Director Richard (Bo) Manly Adams Jr., and all other Pitts staff who assisted to digitize and publish the seminar documents online. SBL believes that the money we have invested to complete this project will benefit not only our members, but also the wider University community, both as a resource and as a model for preserving our heritage. intellectual for generations to come.We also encourage you to visit the SBL archives, linked herewhich is an invaluable record of the history of Bible studies and the Society.
John F. Kutsko
Now to download them all and remind me if they contain anything relevant to my current work on Jean-Baptiste!